In 2013, Providence provided $243 million in charity care and investments in programs and services designed to improve the health of the communities we serve across Oregon.
This work, known as community benefit, is not only integral to the mission of Catholic and other not-for-profit health care organizations, it’s also one way Providence demonstrates our commitment to serving the poor and vulnerable.
Community benefit includes: community health improvement programs, such as grants to our partner organizations; charity care we provide to patients; unreimbursed cost of government-funded programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid; research conducted to improve community health and promote best practices; and education and training we provide to health professionals.
How Providence provides Community Benefit
Providence provides Community Benefit in a variety of ways, primarily in charity care (financial assistance) and the unreimbursed cost of government-funded programs. However, with the changes in the Affordable Care Act, Providence has had the opportunity to make more intentional investments outside of the hospital setting to help develop community resources and address “upstream” needs of individuals and families.
These contributions include investments that are directly in line with the focus areas identified through our Community Health Needs Assessments:
- Access to preventive and primary care
- Mental health and substance use treatment services
- Chronic conditions prevention and management
- Access to oral health services